This board came to Baduk Club from a vintage shop in Fukuoka, Japan.
The board is something like Matsu, perhaps Cypress or similar. It has a very unique mix of colors in the heartwood. It is a plain-sawn board, a center-cut that shows the rings of the tree. This cutting style is called Kiura (Itame) and is the highest-valued style when the tree is not large enough in diameter to be quarter-sawn. The result is heartwood ripples on the playing surface in a unique pattern like a fingerprint.
A fresh coat of our Monkey Butter would really make the board glow. Please visit our Care Instructions for learning more about preserving these vintage products.
FedEx International Priority shipping from Japan (to nearly anywhere) is already included. This service reduces the actual transit time to only 5 business days, and also allows more room for padding in order to avoid shipping damage. Please allow a week for Customs preparations, then a FedEx tracking number will be provided that you can use to sign up for notifications.
Because of the quality of our equipment, Surface shipping is not recommended, but it is possible if you wish to reduce the cost by about $80 (and increase the transit time to 2-3 months). Contact us with the chat widget to make such arrangements.